Your Technology Sep. 20, 1999

TURNING UP THE JUICE Tired of notebook batteries that fizzle after just a few hours? Electrofuel of Toronto has developed the first 15-hr. backup battery. Called the PowerPad 160, it weighs only 2 lbs. and is just three-eighths of an inch. Made of a patented material, Lithium Ion Super Polymer, the PowerPad ($499) lies flat beneath your computer and plugs into the power port.

DIGITAL HIGHLIGHTERS You type on a computer, but many of the information sources you refer to--brochures, newspapers and dictionaries--are still on paper. To help convert the printed word into digital form for reports...

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